The City of Winter Park posted all the written correspondence received by the Ethics Board in response to its call for public input.
There are some interesting points made.
The biggest issue with many is what are being generally called “LLC” contributions that are presumed to have a”bad” influence on elections under the presumption that such contributions constitute efforts to purchase influence for financial gain. How do you define “bad” contributions and separate them from “good” contributions? How can you ban “LLC” contributions and still permit contributions from other entities such as homeowners associations, political parties, and political action committees? If you ban contributions from all entities haven’t you restricted free speech in a constitutional sense?
I need some help on these questions. Any takers?
I also need help to understand why an attorney known and fully disclosed as representing commercial property owners is not a valid participant on a Comprehensive Plan Task Force making recommendations to the City Commission. OK, yes, we know they want to make money. But where is the conflict of interest with the City as claimed? Why don’t commercial property owners deserve representation on issues that impact their property? Any takers on this one?